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Old 10-21-2015, 05:17 PM
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I figured I would start a build thread since I plan on doing a bit a work this rig. I picked her about 2 months ago with 200K on her.


When I got her she was having an overheating issue. I ended up replacing the thermostat (twice), new radiator, new water pump. I thought everything was fixed, but I was sadly wrong. The heater core went bad, so it was time to pull the dash and replace the heater core. While I was in there I replaced the Evap core, blower motor and dryer.


Next up was new front pads and rotors, sway bar endlinks, transfer case fluid change.


After that I pulled the saggy headliner down and replaced it with some mossy oak camo fabric. I will get a pic up tomorrow when the light is better.


At the current moment, I'm hunting down a strange noise from transmission/T case. Ill make sure to keep this updated with picture
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1998 JEEP CHEROKEE SPORT UTILITY 4-DR

-*XJ Cloth Low-back Bucket Seats
-C3 Indigo/Linen
ADAP Light Group
APAS Monotone Paint
ARTP Classic Decor Group
AWHP Power Equipment Group
A20P 4.0L Engine(ERH)/4Sp Auto Trans(DGS
BAUS 117 Amp Alternator
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CACP Low Back Bucket Seats
CBWP Highline Door Trim Panel
CDBS Reclining Front Seats
CFMS Rear Fold w/Removable Cushion Seat
CGGS Traveling Inboard Seat Belt Buckle
CGWS Next Generation Front Air Bags**
CKAS Carpets - Floor and Cargo Area
CKNS Cargo Compartment Carpet
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CSSS Lift Gate Assist Handle
CUFS Full Length Floor Console
DGB All 4-Speed Automatic Transmissions
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DHAP Lock-Up Torque Converter
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GNAS Rear View Day/Night Mirror
GNCP Sun Visors w/Illum Vanity Mirrors
GTS Power Heated Mirrors, Fold-Away
GVBC All Vehicles W/Power Mirrors
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KGPS RADIANT SILVER MET. C/C - BADGE - JE
KRPS RADIANT SILVER MET. C/C - BADGE - 4
KTPS RADIANT SILVER MET. C/C - JEEP
KYPP RADIANT SILVER MET. C/C - 4.0L
K2CP DEEP AMETHYST - BODYSIDE MOLDING
K3CS DEEP AMETHYST - FENDER FLARES
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Finally took a few pictures of the headliner. I would highly recommend having a second set of hands to help lay on the new liner. I had one spot that I messed up on, but the camo hides the spot well. I also ordered a new set of rear speakers that will be here this weekend.



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The lift is finally starting to come together! No pictures of anything because it's still all boxed up.

Here's a list of what I have ready to go:
RE 5.5" coils
RE 3.5" full leafs
RE 1.5" shackles
RE Adjustable track bar
RE u-bolts
RC Long Arm upgrade
RC extended front and rear brake lines
JKS Quick Disconnects
IRO HD solid steel tie rod
Advanced Adapters SYE

Still need to pic shocks

Here's the few pics I do have.


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Old 04-01-2016, 12:57 PM
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So I sold the RC long arm kit before I started that actually build. I ended up purchasing the B. Lee's 3 link. I wanted more flex for my setup.
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With much advice from members on here, I installed a set a HD Offroad frame stiffeners before the lift goes on. This is probably the longest I've had an entire lift just sitting in my basement. I'm looking to install everything within the next 2 weeks. Starting to spray everything down now with penetrating oil. I'll make sure to get lots of pics as I go.

Stay tuned...
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Originally Posted by Silentj View Post
With much advice from members on here, I installed a set a HD Offroad frame stiffeners before the lift goes on. This is probably the longest I've had an entire lift just sitting in my basement. I'm looking to install everything within the next 2 weeks. Starting to spray everything down now with penetrating oil. I'll make sure to get lots of pics as I go. Stay tuned...
sound like ur off to a great start
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Originally Posted by XJwonders View Post
sound like ur off to a great start
Thanks man.

I'm wondering if the 4.5" coils will be to low with the rear setup? I'm not trying to get the rake look.
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Thanks man. I'm wondering if the 4.5" coils will be to low with the rear setup? I'm not trying to get the rake look.
brand new RE coils are known for giving out 1" more lift than advertised at the beginning. It ll eventually settle down.

On my crawler I have 4.5 RE coils in the front with 3" leaf packs, 1.5" shackles and drop relocation brackets on the rear. It evened out.
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Here's a few pics of the stiffeners welded in.



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They are pretty beefy and I can see why everyone does this mod first.
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Did you notice any difference in handling or ride?
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Originally Posted by kyle96xj View Post
Did you notice any difference in handling or ride?
It's funny that you ask. I did notice that it takes turns much tighter. I thought it was just me, but my wife said the same thing. My shocks are toast, so I might notice a difference in ride quality once the new ones go on. I highly recommend doing this if you're on the fence about it.
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Originally Posted by Silentj View Post

It's funny that you ask. I did notice that it takes turns much tighter. I thought it was just me, but my wife said the same thing. My shocks are toast, so I might notice a difference in ride quality once the new ones go on. I highly recommend doing this if you're on the fence about it.
Nice, I had heard it's supposed to help now I just need to learn how to weld
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Nice, I had heard it's supposed to help now I just need to learn how to weld
I had a friend do mine. I don't know how to weld either.
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